Its been a tough week in the Sparkles household. As much as you try to protect your children and wrap them in a hug of love and support, things happen which we can’t control and there can be disappointments in life. This happened this week and my heart really broke for my daughter. My daughter has experienced little disappointments before, not getting an invite to a party, missing an event because of a clash but we’ve always been able to offer a better alternative.
Unfortunately, this week wasn’t so easy as the disappointment centred around the one event that Little Miss and all of Year 6 have been eagerly anticipating all year and excitedly counting down the days, the school residential. Little Miss is rarely ill, I can count two day’s sickness in all her years at primary school, she’s the pupil with all the 100% attendance certificates and awards yet she suddenly became very poorly on Sunday. She was hot, clammy, dizzy and exhausted, sleeping from 3pm on Sunday afternoon to 7am on Monday. As soon as I went in to wake her up, I knew that she wasn’t going to be able to do the residential. She tried to get up and feigned excitement and enthusiasm in such a weak voice but she couldn’t even sit up in bed and her attempts to get dressed were slow and laboured. She repeatedly tried to assert she was perfectly well and able to go to the residential, with tears in her voice she pleaded with us to let her go. It was at this point that Mr S and I had to intervene and say no, it wasn’t fair on her, her friends or her teachers, she cried and I think it very nearly broke our hearts, sometimes making parental decisions is hard.
Monday became a day of cuddles and reassurance at home with the promise that if she slept and then ate some tea and breakfast that Mr S would drive her to the camp for the second day, meaning she would at least get one night with her friends and get up to the mischief they had planned. She did manage this and as she hadn’t been sick just poorly we agreed for her to go on Tuesday. I was worried, we didn’t think she was 100% but definitely much better than Monday. I just didn’t want her to be poorly without me there and I knew she would be devastated if she was sent home ill. Fortunately her teachers kept us in contact and she perked up during the day and was soon back to her normal self. She got her night of mischief with the highlights being the girls all sneaking into one of the bedrooms and only around 4 hours of sleep. Sadly it was an extremely wet and windy camp and many activities were changed due to the weather, no barbecues or camp fires, in comparison to the adventures and stunning weather they enjoyed on the Year 5 PGL trip. I suppose the lesson Little Miss learnt was that sometimes you have to change your expectations to meet the reality of the situation. I wish she didn’t have to learn it as she did but hopefully its made her stronger and more resilient.